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Summer Concerts at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Begin Sunday with Zoe & Cloyd

Zoe and Cloyd. Photo by Aaron Dahlstrom.

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is about to kick off its annual Summer Concert Series with the fiddle tunes and sweet harmonies of western North Carolina’s own Zoe & Cloyd.

On Sunday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m., in the intimate setting of BRAHM’s Atrium, Zoe & Cloyd will perform a mix of original and traditional Appalachian material on fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin. This husband-wife duo features the vocal harmonies of Chris Austin Songwriting Contest award-winner John Cloyd Miller and renowned fiddler and singer Natalya Zoe Weinstein. Their music is true Americana, and the show will feature top-notch musicianship as well as engaging stories and history about the tunes and songs.

On Sunday, July 12, BRAHM’s atrium will be filled with the melodies of a cappella pieces from the late Middle Ages and High Renaissance, performed by Pastyme, a vocal group from Asheville whose latest CD, Descends the Snow, includes selections that feature Renaissance polyphony, jazz arrangements of old favorites, and modern carols. The acoustics in the atrium make this a show you will not want to miss!

On Aug. 30, BRAHM will welcome the New Century Saxophone Quartet, a pioneering group whose program ranges from the Baroque to innovative contemporary works with funk and jazz influences. The New Century Saxophone Quartet has performed worldwide, including two command performances for President Clinton in the White House, and performances at Carnegie Hall.

To round out the summer, on Monday, Sept. 7, acclaimed guitar player Roy Book Binder will perform an up-close and personal concert of his inimitable finger-picking blues, learned at the feet of legendary bluesmen Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson. “The Book” recorded his first solo acoustic blues album in the 1970s, and has performed with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, and Doc Watson.

The concerts all begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include complimentary refreshments. They are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Tickets can be obtained beforehand by contacting the Museum, or, if they have not sold out, can be purchased the day of the show.

Located at 159 Chestnut Street on the corner of Chestnut and Main, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum is closed on Monday. General admission to the Museum is $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and active military. Children under 4 years of age are free. Donations are accepted for admission to the Museum on Thursdays. For more information, please call 828-295-9099 or visit www.blowingrockmuseum.org.